An essential part of being prepared for an outdoor exertion is a first aid kit (FAK). Public Lands Fund and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) have teamed up to demonstrate how in just a few steps you can create a safer outdoor experience for you and your family. You will learn tips and tricks for wilderness first aid, while creating your own Mini-FAK.
Mini-FAK’s are great for a family friendly, at-home activity. First aid kits differ depending on its primary purpose. The directions below show you how to create a beginner FAK, and as you learn more, you can customize your FAK to best fit your needs. Check out the how to steps and instructional video below to learn how to make a Mini-FAK.
Interested in learning more? RSVP for our educational webinar here – link coming soon.
HOW TO MAKE A MINI-FAK
- Small tin, container, or sealable bag
- Assorted adhesive bandages
- Roller bandage
- Antibiotic ointment
- Nonlatex gloves
- Antiseptic wipes
- Find a small tin, container, or sealable bag. Some examples include a cleaned mint tin, toiletry bag, waterproof container (if your outdoor activities are near water), and more.
- Collect all materials you would like to be in your first aid kit. The above items are suggestions. Feel free to customize your first aid kit to best meet your needs.
- Pack your tin, container, or bag with materials, making sure the items you are most likely to use are easily accessible.
- Using your best judgement, store your FAK in a good location. Pro Tip: Make sure to check expiration dates periodically and replace as needed.
WHY DO I NEED A FIRST AID KIT?
First aid kits provide a dedicated location for urgent and emergency items ranging from adhesive bandages to tweezers. FAK’s help keep you and your family safe while enjoying your outdoor adventure whether that be hiking, biking, kayaking, or even picnicking. They keep you prepared for unexpected scenarios so that you can experience nature while staying out of harm’s way.
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HIKING AND HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR TRAILS?
Check out SCA’s Virtual Take a Hike page. SCA alums, Thom, Flannery, and Michael, will guide you through social distancing best practices and trail litter abatement.
About the Student Conservation Association (SCA)
Founded in 1957, SCA is the nation’s leading youth conservation service organization, providing young people with opportunities to serve nature and to shape their futures. Through programs that mirror the diversity of the U.S. population, SCA strives for a world in which conserving our environment is a lifelong commitment shared by all young people as they enter their careers and assume the responsibilities of citizenship. SCA’s Community Crew programs offer life-changing experiences for youth and young adults that lack representation and visibility by creating local, more diverse, and inclusive opportunities in the conservation field. This hyperlocal model seeks to empower and serve youth and communities who experience environmental injustice and make our cities more resilient.